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Marking Remembrance Sunday at home and abroad

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 03:11

Nov. 13 - Remembrance Sunday is marked in Britain and Afghanistan to commemorate those who died fighting in all conflicts since the First World War. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Remembrance Day in London. The Queen and other members of the royal family and politicians join ex-servicemen and women in remembering Britain's war dead on Sunday. They lay wreaths at the base of the Cenotaph memorial. More than 7,000 ex-servicemen and women marked the day, including 60 war widows. The somber ceremony comes against a backdrop of a furious row over the future of thousands of military jobs. A leaked memo from the Ministry of Defense suggested there could be more than 16,000 job losses. The Army has said no wounded soldiers will lose their jobs, but some papers have reported they could feature in coming cuts. In Afghanistan's Helmand Province hundreds of British soldiers mark Remembrance Sunday. The names of the fallen are read. The death of a British soldier a few days ago by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, raised the British death toll in Afghanistan to 385. Men and women from the Royal Navy and Air Force and laid wreaths to pay tribute to past servicemen and women. SOUNDBITE: Task Force Helmand Commander Brigadier Patrick Sanders, saying(English): "Well I think the two strongest feelings are those of sadness and pride. Sadness because what we do out here involves sacrifice, we have lost brave young men and women over the course of the last year in Afghanistan but pride, in what they achieved, a pride in what we are achieving out here." This weekend Britain remembers its dead from two world wars and more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Marking Remembrance Sunday at home and abroad

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 03:11